Hello my name is Laura and I am a reformed cakeoholic. I absolutely adore cake. Homemade, sticky, stodgy, sweet, delicious, naughty, full of raisins lardy cake has always been an deep guilty pleasure. It takes great willpower to stay away from the cake counter in tea shops and for me to utter the words ‘Just a herbal tea for me please’.
And I am not alone. We are a nation of cakeoholics and its becoming a real problem. Figures now show that there are now 2.8million diabetes sufferers in the UK, that’s an increase of 50% in just 6 years.
In type 1 diabetes, the body is unable to produce any insulin. It usually starts in childhood or young adulthood. In type 2 diabetes, not enough insulin is produced or the insulin that is made by the body doesn’t work properly. Those at risk of type 2 are usually overweight, large of waist and physically inactive. Type 2 is the fastest growing diabetes and can be prevented or avoided if caught early.
Barbara Young, chief executive of the Diabetes UK charity, said: ‘We face the real possibility of diabetes bankrupting the NHS within a generation. We need a government-funded awareness-raising campaign on the risk factors and symptoms of Type 2 diabetes and we need to get much better at identifying people at high risk.’
I agree this problem needs to be addressed. I disagree that an awareness campaign is the answer. We all know that eating rubbish and sitting on the sofa is bad for us. We don’t need to be told or patronised that this is a cause of diabetes. What we need is real solutions and here are some of my suggestions as a professional health practitioner:
I still enjoy cake. But not like the old days. It tends to be wheat-free, dairy-free and sugar-free if possible. I have made it my life's work to find healthy cake, pudding and dessert so I am able to enjoy the sweet things in life without upsetting my body. Booja Booja Ice-cream is to die for and here are a few of my favourite recipes – Strawberry Pudding and Chocolate Mousse - sweet!
Laura Knowles is a Nutritionist, Kinesiologist, and Yoga Teacher at the Balanced Wellness Clinic in Havant near Portsmouth. Loves blogging about the really important stuff - life, love, vitamins and poo.See my profile »